Board of Directors

‘Umi Kai, Ke Kaupoku (President)

Gordon Umialiloalahanauokalakaua King Kai has worked in the visitor industry for over 40 years and is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager of Avis and Budget Car Rentals in Hawai‘i. In high school, he learned to craft Hawaiian items out of curiosity and need, eventually becoming a renowned Hawaiian implement maker. He fashions implements for fishing, kapa making, poi pounding, hula, and farming, and he is best known for his traditional weaponry. Mr. Kai shares his knowledge and experiences with people locally and internationally, and he makes presentations regularly at schools, hotels, and organizations.

Billy Richards, Ke Kauhuhu (Vice President)

Billy Kahalepuna Richards has held management positions in both the public and private sector, primarily in the field of aquaculture. He currently serves as the Director of Communications for Partners in Development Foundation, a public non-profit company that serves the Native Hawaiian community through social, environmental, and educational programs. Mr. Richards has been involved with Hawai‘i’s voyaging community since 1975 and has sailed aboard the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a, Hawai‘iloa, Makali‘i, and Hōkūalaka‘i. He presently sits as President of the Friends of Hōkūle‘a & Hawai‘iloa and Co-chair of the voyaging community collaborative ‘Ohana Wa‘a.

Norman Ho, Ka Hulu o ka Manu (Secretary)

Norman F. Ho currently works for Mutual Underwriters and has held successively more prominent positions in the insurance industry for over 50 years. This extensive insurance experience, along with his other work and memberships, makes him an invaluable asset to ‘Aha Kāne. A long-time member of Hawai‘i’s voyaging community, Mr. Ho has paddled for Outrigger Canoe Club since 1981. He serves as Secretary of the Friends of Hōkūle‘a & Hawai‘iloa and is a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. He is also part of the Honolulu Masonic Lodge’s Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Honolulu 32, KCCH.

Keith Keali‘i Chang, Ke Kua‘aha (Treasurer)

Keith Keali‘i Chang has worked in the private sector for over 30 years. He currently serves as a Land Asset Manager with Kamehameha Schools. Through his work, he manages and oversees Kamehameha Schools agricultural and conservation lands on Oʻahu (Waialua/Haleiwa) Maui and Molokaʻi. In the Native Hawaiian community, Mr. Chang serves on the Board for Friends of the Leeward Coast Charter School (a 501c3 that provides financial support for Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao PCS Nānākuli), Paepae o He‘eia and Hawai'i Food Policy Council. Community groups and Board of Directors that I have served are the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, Pa‘i Foundation, American Cancer Society, Aloha Council – Boy Scouts of America, Waianae Early Education Center, and the Waianae Military Civilians Advisory Council.

Dennis Kauahi, Ka ‘Īpuka (Sergeant-at-Arms)

Over the course of 42 years, Dennis Kauahi has been committed to serving keiki and ‘ōpio at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children's Center as a social worker, supervisor, and assistant director. He promotes culturally based social work and is contributing to the development of Nānā I Ke Kumu III. With knowledge and training passed down from his kūpuna, he is seasoned in conducting activities that promote bonding and trust amongst kāne. Mr. Kauahi is also a member of the Child Welfare League of the America National Western Region Steering Committee and a Papa Ola Lōkahi Native Hawaiian Health Award winner.